Carol Fletcher - Biography
By Gary P. Rose
Carol Fletcher was born in 1950 in Hemsworth, West Yorkshire. The daughter of a northern coal miner, she was educated at Hemsworth Grammar School from 1961 until 1966. Whilst at school, she began singing and dancing in school productions and variety shows. After graduation, she entered the world of show business as a singer and dancer, performing in several television shows, but it wasn't until she joined Arlene Phillips Hot Gossip that she got her big break. As a member of Hot Gossip, she appeared regularly on The Kenny Everett Show and also peformed in several other television shows.
She left Hot Gossip to her own group, called Sponooch, who featured in a BBC show called Dancing Girls. She then joined Dee Dee Wilde's Pan's People and appeared regularly with them on The Benny Hill Show, most notably in the Hot Gossamer sketch. After that, she gave up performing and has since worked as a choreographer and director. Her work in this capacity is extensive; she has choreographed for television programmes such as Jonathan Creek, Foyle's War, The Real McCoy, The High Life, the Alexei Sayle Series, The Office and Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps. She has also choreographed the live shows for Kylie Minogue, Elton John, the Lightening Seeds and Pulp.
She has directed for many television commercials, including Lloyds Bank, Colgate toothpaste, Typhoo Tea, Schweppes and Miller Lite. It was whilst directing a commercial for Walkers Crisps that she met actor John Michie. Carol and John later married and had three children (two daughters and a son) together. The family reside in London where Carol teaches dance at the famous Pineapple Dance Studios.
(c) G. P. Rose 2011